November 1, 2010

ODAC Players of the Week: November 1, 2010

JAKE PELTON, Washington and Lee, Sophomore, Safety
Pelton, a sophomore from Charlottesville, Va., picks up his third weekly award of the season. Pelton helped Washington and Lee to a 49-14 win against Catholic on Friday by totaling a team-high 11 tackles, including nine solo stops, and intercepting a pair of passes. Pelton's first interception occurred at the CUA 1-yardline late in the second quarter with the score 21-7. The Generals would score on the ensuing offensive possession to make it a three possession game entering the second half. For the season, Pelton is second on the team with 64 tackles and he has posted five interceptions, tops in the ODAC.

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OFFENSIVE LINE, Washington and Lee
The Washington and Lee offensive line led the way to a record-breaking performance in the Generals' 49-14 win over Catholic on Friday evening. The Generals amassed 604 yards of total offense and held the ball for better than 41 of the game's 60 minutes. Additionally, W&L set a new ODAC record for rushing yards in a game with 496 yards (previous, 483 yds by E&H in 1998) and had three running backs eclipse the 100-yard barrier in the contest. Six W&L rushers had at least 30 yards on the ground. The Generals scored five touchdowns via the ground. Saturday’s effort also provided the stage for breaking several ODAC season records, including season rushing yards (3,008) and season rushing touchdowns (33) with two games remaining in the regular season. The previous records were 2,740 yards (E&H in 1986) and 32 touchdowns (H-SC in 1991 and 2003).

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KELLY TRAN, Washington and Lee, Senior, Attack
Tran, a senior from Simsbury, Conn., scored two goals and added an assist in two games last week. Both goals came in a 4-1 win over Virginia Wesleyan in the ODAC quarterfinal round. She also assisted on the game-winning goal in overtime in a 2-1 win over Bridgewater on Wednesday. Tran is currently tied for third in the ODAC in points (34) and fifth in goals scored (14).

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MAT HENNICK, Guilford College, Junior
Hennick, a junior from Kenmore, Wash., picks up his second weekly award of the season. Hennick won medalist honors at the 90-man O’Briant-Jensen Memorial with a 69-73-142. The victory marked his third career title and his first as a Quaker. He was the first Guilford student to win the tournament in the 33-year history of the event. Hennick took a one-stroke lead after the first round with a one-under 69 that matched his lowest round of the fall. He helped the Quakers win the 17-team tournament by eight strokes over Methodist University.

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JOHN ROBERT PLYLER, Hampden-Sydney, Senior, Goalkeeper
Plyler, a senior from Charlotte, N.C., had one of the biggest clutch performances of his career this week. In 220 minutes of playing time -- plus a shootout -- against Roanoke College, Plyler allowed zero goals and made 12 saves. On Tuesday in the regular season finale, Plyler faced 24 shots and made six saves to record his 22nd career shutout. In the quarterfinals of the ODAC Tournament, he faced 18 shots and also made six saves. In the shootout, Plyler saved two straight attempts to help secure the Tigers spot in the semi-finals. Plyler has 23 career shutouts, leaving him just one shutout short of tying the H-SC career record held by former All-American, Mike Bizon ’00.

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BRITTANY KLIPPSTEIN, Lynchburg College, Junior, Midfielder
Klippstein, a junior from Springfield, Va., tied a school-record with five goals on Saturday afternoon as the top-seeded Lynchburg College women's soccer team defeated #8 Guilford College, 9-0, in the first round of the ODAC Tournament. She also added a score earlier in the week in a 3-0 win at Eastern Mennonite. Klippstein is currently second in the ODAC in goals scored (14) and third in points (29).

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JOCELYN CASSADA, Washington and Lee, Junio
Cassada, a junior from Charlotte, N.C., swam in seven events during two meets over the weekend, recording two first, one second, three third and a sixth-place finish. Against Transylvania (10/29), Cassada swam to top finishes in the 200 medley relay (1:54.91) and 100 back (1:02.84), while also recording a third-place finish in the 200 back (2:17.53). At the Centre College Invitational, she swam in four events, recording a second-place finish in the 100 back (1:02.75), third-place finishes in the 200 back (2:16.57) and 200 medley relay (1:55.97) and a sixth-place finish in the 400 free relay (3:51.72).

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KALA GUY, Virginia Wesleyan College, Sophomore, Outside Hitter
Guy, a sophomore from Fishersville, Va., helped lead VWC to a 5-0 week, including a five-set win over Roanoke College and an a sweep against a strong field of competition at the St. Mary’s College Seahawk Invitational. Guy produced 79 kills in the five matches, including a season-high 20 against Roanoke. She averaged 15.8 kills through the five matches and 43 attacks per match. Guy also recorded a season-high 20 digs against St. Mary’s. She helped the Marlins to their second victory of the season over three-time defending Capital Athletic Conference champion Salisbury, a first for the VWC program. Guy now has 322 kills this season, the fourth highest total in VWC history.

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